Department of Numbers

Kentucky Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Kentucky fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 10.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in March 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Kentucky unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Kentucky 5.1% 0.0 -1.6

Unemployment Rate: Kentucky, National

Kentucky monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Kentucky Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Kentucky peaked in June 2009 at 223,955. There are now 121,411 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 101,020 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,524. Kentucky job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Kentucky 102,544 +1,524 -32,326

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Kentucky from 1990 to May 2015

Kentucky Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployment Rate
Kentucky
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 5.1% 102,544
April 2015 5.4% 5.1% 101,020
March 2015 5.5% 5.1% 102,184
February 2015 5.5% 5.3% 104,390
January 2015 5.7% 5.5% 108,831
December 2014 5.6% 5.5% 107,663
November 2014 5.8% 5.5% 109,184
October 2014 5.7% 5.6% 111,602
September 2014 5.9% 5.8% 114,666
August 2014 6.1% 6.0% 118,431
July 2014 6.2% 6.2% 123,160
June 2014 6.1% 6.5% 128,883